Dog and cats are generally considered seniors when they reach 7 years of age. When pets get older, they often develop changes in their day to day habits. And while it’s easy to blame some of those changes on old age, it’s possible that your pet is experiencing health problems. Have you noticed your pet slowing down on walks? Does your pet have some difficulty rising from a nap or have trouble with stairs? Ist your pet losing or gaining too much weight? Is your pet drinking or urinating more than usual? All of these signs could point to a health problem. Often, the earlier a health problem is found, the better the chances for a good outcome.
Scheduling regular veterinary examinations is one of the most important steps you can take to keep your elderly pet in tip-top shape. When dogs and cats enter the senior years, these health examinations are more important than ever. AAHA (The American Animal Hospital Association) and the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) recommend that healthy senior dogs and cats visit the veterinarian every six months for a complete exam and laboratory testing. In order stay current with your senior pet’s health care, twice-a-year exams are a must.
Call our office today and speak with a member of our pet care team to talk about our P.A.W.S. (Pets Aging With Style) package for senior pets. This program is specifically designed to help catch senior related health problems early, and offers a discount to you as a pet owner!
Let us help keep your older pet healthy and happy.